Chinese Ambassador Gong Xiaosheng Made a Visit to Confucius Institute at the Middle East Technical University (METU)

[Source]     Confucius Institute at the Middle East Technical University [Time]    2011-03-22 09:39:37 

The Ambassador visiting the Confucius Institute (CI) at METU in the company of the Counselors and other members

Ankara, March 14th-In the morning, Gong Xiaosheng, Chinese Ambassador to Turkey, paid a visit to the Confucius Institute (CI) at METU in the company of Counselor Bai Bin, Cultural Counselor Yu Jian and other two embassy officials. He held discussions of the work of the Institute with the CI Chinese director and Chinese teachers, stated he quite appreciated the work the CI had done, and put forward his constructive suggestions for the Institute's development in the years to come.

Ambassador Gong said, "The Confucius Institute at METU should develop its own unique features based on the situation in Turkey, should hold more cultural activities to introduce China and promote Chinese culture to the Turkish people, while paying attention to the importance of Chinese language teaching. By inviting more well-known scholars from China to Turkey to give lectures, Confucius Institute can become a platform for the exchanges and cooperation between China and Turkey in the fields of politics, economy, culture and academics."

Ambassador Gong said he hoped that the Confucius Institute could cooperate with Chinese run enterprises, such as Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd and ZTE Corporation. He said that "the Confucius Institute can make good use of the two companies' resource in telecommunication for the sake of online promotion and Chinese language teaching online while the Chinese companies may take advantage of the fact that METU is one of the top Turkish universities for science and technology and will be an excellent resource for pre-employment and in-job training."

Ambassador Gong went on to express his full support for the work of the Confucius Institute and encouraged teachers to make greater contribution to Sino-Turkish cooperation in the fields of culture and technology by embracing new ideas and adapting to the new roles our work requires.

Ambassador Gong holding a talk with the METU President and seeking increased cooperation

After visiting the Confucius Institute, the Ambassador went to the president's office at the invitation of the METU President Dr. Ahmet Acar, and had a profound talk with the university leaders in regards to the CI's development, the further improvement of Chinese teaching conditions, and the cooperation between famous Chinese universities and METU via the Confucius Institute.

(Contributed by Confucius Institute at METU)